How Often Do You Need an Oil Change?

One of the most important (and easiest) things you can do to keep your car running smoothly on the roads of Graniteville, Aiken, and Augusta, is frequent oil changes. Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle and when it’s not changed, it can cause some serious issues under the hood. But, when do you schedule your appointment?

If you’ve ever wondered how often you need an oil change, the team at Miracle Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is here to help. Below, you’ll find out when you should change your oil, as well as more information to help while you’re behind the wheel.

When to Change Your Oil

Oil change intervals have a lot to do with what type of engine your vehicle has, your driving habits, and the condition of your car. However, professionals say that traditional oil changes should take place every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, especially if your powertrain uses synthetic oil.

If your vehicle is equipped with a turbocharged engine or uses conventional oil, changes may need to take place more frequently. Make sure to schedule your appointment every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. On the other hand, if you have a diesel engine, changes can wait up toward every 10,000 miles and sometimes every 15,000 miles depending on the condition of your model.

How to Check Your Engine Oil

Though these mileages are a good rule of thumb to go by when scheduling oil changes, every vehicle is different. Depending on the environment in which you drive, you might need to change your oil more often. But there’s an easy way to tell.

Checking the state of your oil on a monthly basis will help you keep on top of things and, luckily enough, it only takes a couple minutes. When checking your oil using the steps below, make sure to check the color, consistency, and level of the oil.

How Often Do You Need an Oil Change?

Helpful Tip: Clean oil is an amber color, smooth to the touch, and free of debris. If it’s black, dirty, and thick, it’s time for a change.

Step 1: Once your engine has cooled down, open the hood and locate the oil dipstick (this should be labeled).

Step 2: Take out the dipstick, wipe it off with a clean rag, and reinsert it where it came from.

Step 3: Remove the dipstick from the pipe again. Check the oil as well as the level using the “full” or “add” markings on the stick. Add more of the correct kind of oil (refer to your owner’s manual) if needed.

Step 4: Place the dipstick back into its home, close the hood, and you’re good to go.

Get Your Oil Changed at Miracle Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

When it’s time to replenish your vehicle with fresh oil, schedule an appointment at our state-of-the-art service center. Our team of certified professionals can handle this process quickly, allowing you to hit the streets of Graniteville, Aiken, and Augusta safely. Make your appointment today and keep your vehicle running smoothly for years to come.

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